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The Rainbow Warrior III is making its maiden voyage to Belgium, with stops in Ostend and Antwerp

Free tours of iconic vessel

Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior III is due to sail into Ostend next weekend and into the port of Antwerp in October. The public is invited to step on board the emblematic vessel during its maiden voyage to Belgium.

Rainbow Warrior III is the global environmental organisation’s first boat to navigate mainly by wind and sail. The purpose-built motor-assisted sailing yacht has been plying European waters since June, campaigning for the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

“Offshore wind plays an big role in energy transition in Belgium,” said Mathieu Soete of Greenpeace Belgium. “The production capacity along the Belgian coast should reach the equivalent of four large nuclear reactors by 2025. Thanks to strong wind conditions, offshore turbines can also strengthen the stability of the network. It’s therefore crucial to quickly connect wind farms to the network by 2025.”

While Rainbow Warrior II stopped over in Belgium in 2008, the newest version of Greenpeace’s ship has never docked here. It will be accessible in Ostend from 28-29 September and move on to Antwerp, where it will dock from 5-6 October.

Visitors can take part in free guided tours of the boat to learn about the history of the Greenpeace fleet, life aboard the yacht and renewable energy. But the organisation is also sponsoring a whole Greenpeace Village, with food, exhibitions, activities and, naturally, information about what we can all do to preserve life on this planet.

Those wanting a tour of the boat are asked to register in advance.

 Photo: Rainbow Warrior III in the North Sea in 2011
©Bas Beentjes/Greenpeace